I still feel about as overwhelmed with material as I did last time, but I’m more optimistic. I’m using MATE materials again, just without the seminar & trying to keep up with online discussions better.
For seminar prep, I would recommend being overly prepared. The seminar is mainly a shortened read-through of each section with some group discussion, practice problems, and opportunities to ask questions. It was the first of any exam seminars for me so I didn’t know what to expect, and ended up being under-prepared. I had read through the outlines once, skimmed some of the note cards, and attempted a few problems without success. I wish I would have taken another pass through the outlines, memorized at least one card from each section, and really taken the time to understand a couple of the larger practice problems. I still took a lot away from it though, like which sections get tested more often, common problem formats & setup, what other people were struggling with, and other exam-taking & exam day tips.
Sorry for kind of a long answer. Hope it helps